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Our Gingham Summer Dress

Added Aug 9, 2010

By burdastyle

New York, New Yo...






Gingham, plaid and checks are making quite a splash right now on the streets of New York city so we had to make our own rendition of the gingham summer dress. We fused together two very unlikely patterns, the Chinese-inspired Madison dress and the office-friendly Lancey pattern.

The outcome is a simple, easy to wear dress that is office friendly but has enough edge to be out-on-the-town-cool too. We exposed the center back zip and used one with silver teeth to add a slightly tougher look to the conservative design.

Material Notes

2 1/4 yards of black & white check gingham, 18" zipper




Garment Type
Business, Classic, Punk, Rock



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    Aug 16, 2010, 03.10 PMby carottesauvage

    Sweet!!!! the top and skirt darts were meant to match perfectly (that’s pattern making combined with engineering) I wonder what pairing you will come up next! I think the Karen cardigan flowy collar would be pretty cool in regard to pattern grafts….

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    Aug 15, 2010, 09.49 AMby krummel

    Love the zip on the outside! Very unique for the back of a dress.

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    Aug 12, 2010, 11.57 PMby isobelm

    I love this!

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    Aug 12, 2010, 10.33 PMby crisford1

    I like it, too!

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    Aug 12, 2010, 01.25 AMby pixelink

    Those 2 patterns do make a lovely couple, I ADORE ADORE!! Wonderful to see the beautiful Alison modeling a creation she was involved with.

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      Aug 12, 2010, 05.11 PMby alisondahl

      I love your work too! Thanks for the nice words <3

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    Aug 11, 2010, 08.46 PMby dryadart

    Alison first of all thanks for everything you did for Chelsea this summer, it was a fab experience for her, and secondly, this dress is genius, I might even wear it, any tips on how to get Chelsea to make me one?!!

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      Aug 12, 2010, 05.10 PMby alisondahl

      It was our pleasure— I love how involved you are in your daughter’s life and passion, she said you were quite the seamstress yourself, like my mom is too! Chelsea should know this pattern variation pretty well by now, she spent her last week working on it! I’m sure you could talk her into making you one!

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    Aug 11, 2010, 06.39 PMby ghainskom

    Burdastyle has catched the frankenpatterning virus and this one works! I only have one critic point: I would have tried to have the side seams match and the princess seams end on top of the pockets as shown on the technical drawing.

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      Aug 12, 2010, 01.47 PMby wzrdreams

      Replying to your post because I can’t post my own!

      I wanted to comment about the how-to instructions for this mash up. I’m having trouble understanding exactly what is happening in the pictures because they are so close up. Perhaps if the pictures had labels to identify what portion of the pattern we are looking at, and what parts pertain to the instructions, it would be more clear.
      For instance…. I don’t see a “CF pleat” on the madison skirt technical sketch and I don’t see it in the pictures shown. Do you mean the 2 front pleats? Can you draw an arrow to it in the picture?

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    Aug 11, 2010, 02.04 PMby synth

    Inspirational work. I am going to finding that black n white gingham!

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      Aug 12, 2010, 05.13 PMby alisondahl

      @wzrdreams: Yes, I understand your confusion and I will try to see if I can get these steps in order from the gal who put them together for us— When I have time I may re-do them myself because I’d love to see the seams all matching up.

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    Aug 11, 2010, 09.10 AMby littlelupin

    @Alison: All I can say is wow, very very cool! So much creativity and beauty in just one person. It’s clever how you combined two dresses, this is inspiring.

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      Aug 12, 2010, 05.14 PMby alisondahl

      You’re so sweet! I am glad you are enjoying the site and our new projects!

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    Aug 11, 2010, 08.05 AMby insaf bou

    c genial je l’ai aimé

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    Aug 10, 2010, 08.00 PMby littlelupin

    she looks like Alison (?) from Project Runway??

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      Aug 11, 2010, 01.06 AMby alisondahl

      That’s me (alisondahl is my avatar)! I am the creative director here at BurdaStyle and work on the weekly projects and editorial for the website part of the week— the rest of the time I am working on my clothing line, dahl.

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    Aug 10, 2010, 06.51 PMby easbrooke

    Love it! Both Madison and Lancey are great designs so this just makes this dress superb!

    I’m not a big fan of gingham, but it does look good on a lot of people.

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    Aug 10, 2010, 03.43 PMby anajan

    Lovely! I think it’s a great idea to merge various patterns into one. It’s so inspirational. Seeing the gingham and the lovely Madison, I thought it would be interesting to sew the Madison’s collar in such fabric.

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    Aug 10, 2010, 12.13 PMby sokkenmonster

    I love this mashing-up thing you guys are doing, giving us inspiration to look at patterns differently!

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    Aug 10, 2010, 11.12 AMby sandrasews

    I love this mash-up. The pockets! The gingham! The zipper! So great. Beautiful shots of Alison, particularly the one on the front page. I love seeing the BurdaStyle team modelling the looks.

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    Aug 10, 2010, 07.52 AMby elegant-impressions

    Beautiful! (Love the first pic of the front view,but it is disappeared?) Your instructions are great! :-)


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    Aug 10, 2010, 06.01 AMby 6kidsathome

    great combination

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    Aug 10, 2010, 02.32 AMby thecuriouskiwi

    Oh yeah, great combo and now if you have these patterns already you get a third dress! :) Nice fabric choice and exposed zipper (very on trend!) too xx

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    Aug 9, 2010, 11.50 PMby erdronen

    ooh, great idea! I LOVE it!

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    Aug 9, 2010, 10.11 PMby marloncosta


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    Aug 9, 2010, 08.36 PMby suribabe

    Very beautiful

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    Aug 9, 2010, 08.07 PMby Erin E

    I like it!!

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